Louisiana 5A Playoff Predictions Part II

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No. 12 New Iberia and junior CB Daniel Lewis (Hawaii offer) tangle with No. 21 Scotlandville tonight in first-round playoff action...

NO. 28 CARENCRO (5-4) AT NO. 5 CATHOLIC-BR (8-2) This could be a dangerous postseason opener for Catholic, which is entertaining last year's state runner-up in Carencro. Senior RB Jaylan Rose is nearing the 1,000-yard rushing mark for Carencro, which lost to West Monroe in the 2011 finals. Both teams love to run the football. Catholic senior RB Khalil Thomas has over 1,000 yards, and Derrius Guice is a top sophomore back...Carencro, 21-20

NO. 21 SCOTLANDVILLE (6-3) AT NO. 12 NEW IBERIA (8-2) This is another contest where the higher seed could be in a perilous situation. Scotlandville, which has two of Louisiana's better defenders in DT Tanzel Smart and S Dondre Dobbins, was ranked No. 5 in the state during the preseason. NISH boasts an outstanding pair of junior corners: Daniel Lewis and Michael Sam. Lewis also has six touchdowns rushing...NISH, 30-26

NO. 20 COVINGTON (6-3) AT NO. 13 MANDEVILLE (7-2) Mandeville made the semis last year, and the Skippers are in the midst of a six-game winning streak. These two North Shore teams met last week with Mandeville prevailing, 31-0. LB Preston Winget, an all-state selection for the Skippers last year, has two offers...Mandeville, 17-13

NO. 29 PONCHATOULA (5-4) AT NO. 4 CENTRAL (9-1) Both of these squads were giant-slayers in 2011. Ponchatoula ousted undefeated Dutchtown in the first round, and Central made history as the first 5A No. 32 seed to upset a No. 1 (Wildcats defeated St. Paul's). Head coach Sid Edwards has Central sizzling...Central, 35-14

NO. 30 DENHAM SPRINGS (5-5) AT NO. 3 WEST MONROE (8-2) West Monroe seems to have a psychological advantage over opponents in the playoffs due to the Rebels' long-term success. Five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson is the second-ranked junior prospect in the nation. Denham Springs has two SEC commits...West Monroe, 42-15

NO. 19 ZACHARY (6-4) AT NO. 14 ACADIANA (7-2) Acadiana has eliminated Zachary twice in recent years. RB Shane Francis has 900 yards on the ground for Acadiana, while three more Rams have totaled approximately 2,100 additional yards rushing. Zachary features Houston commit Donald Gage at WR...Acadiana, 50-33

NO. 22 WEST JEFFERSON (7-2) AT NO. 11 JESUIT (7-2) West Jefferson was triumphant last week vs. Jesuit, 24-17. WRs Ronald Lewis and Devin Scott are dangerous weapons for West Jeff, which was ranked No. 2 in the preseason. Jesuit QB Tanner Lee, a Tulane commit, threw for over 500 yards vs. Archbishop Shaw...West Jeff, 29-25

NO. 27 EAST ST. JOHN (5-4) AT NO. 6 AIRLINE (8-2) QB Hayden Hildebrand guides a prolific Airline offense. The Vikings are averaging 35 points per game. East St. John is led by Tulane commit Leonard Davis, a QB who will play safety on the next level. Two of East St. John's losses were to undefeated schools John Curtis Christian and Parkview Baptist...East St. John, 41-40

NO. 26 LIVE OAK (5-5) AT NO. 7 PARKWAY (9-1) Live Oak is building a winner, but Antonio McGhee and the Panthers have the playoff experience...Parkway, 26-16

NO. 23 HAHNVILLE (5-4) AT NO. 10 ST. PAUL'S (7-3) St. Paul's lost to two of the nation's elite teams in John Curtis and Tallahassee Lincoln, and the Wolves gave both a tough test. St. Paul's led Curtis at the half, 7-6. Hahnville RB Sergio Medina has had the hot hand for the Tigers...St. Paul's, 15-8

NO. 18 NATCHITOCHES-CENTRAL (6-4) AT NO. 15 BYRD (7-2) NCHS has lost its last three; Byrd has won three straight, including an upset of Airline last week...Byrd, 30-13

NO. 31 TERREBONNE (6-4) AT NO. 2 BARBE (9-1) Four-star junior WR Trey Quinn leads both Barbe and the state in receiving. If teams double-cover Quinn, quarterback Kennon Fontenot will find four-star TE Desean Smith, an LSU commit and U.S. Army All-American...Barbe, 63-14

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